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View Poll Results: How important is offline play in HPG?
I MUST HAVE OFFLINE PLAY! (Will not buy an online-only game) 9 12.33%
I really want offline play, at the expense of features 12 16.44%
I really want internet features, and can live without offline play 27 36.99%
I MUST HAVE COOL FEATURES! I am always online! 25 34.25%
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:38 PM   #1
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Yerfdog HPG: Internet Required?

This is a very simple poll, but think hard! There are two possible paths:

* Make Happyponygate require an internet connection to play. If this is the case, your game will be saved online and you can play it on any computer any time. It would automatically download the files it needs to be played, on demand as you visit new areas. It also frees me to make many more interesting internet features than I otherwise could. The only downside is an obvious one: you can't play this game on a computer that is not online!

* Support offline play. If this is the case, the upside is that you could play the game offline. The downside is the loss of the specific features I mentioned above, and a severe curtailing of other as-yet-unknown features. See, if I support both off- and online play, I basically am developing two games at the same time (to some degree), and so it really limits just what features I can include, and am willing to include, knowing that I'll have to develop two completely different versions of them.

So the question I am really asking is: How important is it to you to be able to play offline?

Your comments with regard to your vote are also appreciated.

In short: Do you think being able to play offline is so important that you are willing to lose the cool internet features to have it?
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:51 PM   #2
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Wow! The vote is unanimous.
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Old 06-02-2008, 03:15 PM   #3
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Default Re: HPG: Internet Required?

Heh, I'm in the minority. As I've said before, I'm hoping most of the Internet features will be saved for a future game, hopefully an MMO, and hopefully a Loonyland one. Plus, I don't want to have to get online every time I want to play! (Believe it or not, I don't have personal access at home; only my parents know the password.)

EDIT: To me, HPG doesn't seem like a game that should only be playable online, as it wasn't intended that way from the start. And I KNOW Hamumu concepts change, but meh...I guess I'm stuck in my opinion.

Another EDIT: Couldn't patches be created for new features?
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Old 06-02-2008, 04:06 PM   #4
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No - if offline play is possible, then most of the cool stuff involving the internet is not possible (or too much work to be worth the trouble).

Also, there is no such thing as "saving" a feature. Having item trading in this game has NO impact on it being in a future game - except for making it more likely, since I've already figured out how to make it work! And it will be better in the next game, since I can improve upon my first work.

And lastly, don't look forward to an MMO. THat is still a ridiculous pipe dream, not something remotely plausible.

That is not to say your opinion is wrong, just pointing out specific issues.
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Old 06-02-2008, 04:18 PM   #5
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Default Re: HPG: Internet Required?

I voted that I prefer an offline game - I think the online stuff would probably end up very similar to the Hamumu website stuff (trophies, chatting, etc).
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Old 06-02-2008, 04:45 PM   #6
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Default Re: HPG: Internet Required?

I want offline play really badly but I still want online play. You could just make some sort of story mode(offline) and for fun online or something, but I think both are necessary for a good Hamumu style game
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Old 06-02-2008, 04:46 PM   #7
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Coolguy: Can you clarify why that is a bad thing?

(it's not true, by the way! The online stuff would end up similar to KoL, I would say - you play the game by yourself, but can chat with others and trade, etc)
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Old 06-02-2008, 04:49 PM   #8
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Blackduck: Whether online or off, this will be the usual single-player Hamumu game with a story mode. See the original post for more details. The online features are just things like trading items and chatting with other players.
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Old 06-02-2008, 04:53 PM   #9
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Default Re: HPG: Internet Required?

I like trophies and such, but all the chat/trophy/etc internet focus seems like doing a bunch of work for something you could already do on the Hamumu website.
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Old 06-02-2008, 05:03 PM   #10
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Default Re: HPG: Internet Required?

Well, it's not things you can do on the site, other than the chat, as I said. In fact, I think you just made up the idea of trophies! Again, it's all about trading stuff, playing peoples' levels, interacting in that way. Like the Monstergram. Sending monsters into their game. None of that is possible on the site, and of course wouldn't make any sense if it was, since it's all stuff from in the game!
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:04 PM   #11
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Default Re: HPG: Internet Required?

Go for the complete super-duper online game!
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:41 AM   #12
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Default Re: HPG: Internet Required?

Bah, accidentally lost what I was typing!

Anyway, basically, I'm always online, love the idea of your save games being stored online, and am concerned about how much of your bandwidth will be taken-up by the game downloading levels.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:14 AM   #13
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Default Re: HPG: Internet Required?

I voted that I really want online play but I could live with offline play. Yeah, that's my vote. What if I won't have internet because of... something like...umm.... computer breaks because of old age?

Seriously. In a few years maybe. Then I'll HAVE to live with offline.
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:33 AM   #14
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Default Re: HPG: Internet Required?

Well... in that case offline isn't going to work either, is it?
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Old 06-03-2008, 10:43 AM   #15
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I think that the internet is only going to become more important, so you should do stuff like that, preferablly connecting through Dumb Accounts.
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